By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – The Corinth city board reappointed Jerry Finger to the Corinth School Board for a second five-year term that begins March 1.
Though Finger’s term does not end for several weeks, he and supporters asked the Board of Aldermen to reappoint him based on the service he has given. Finger said he had heard there was a move afoot to unseat him and he wanted an opportunity to plead his case.
Several aldermen spoke in support of Finger as well.
At-large Alderman Mike Hopkins said he had talked with probably 10 city residents and received only good feedback about Finger’s performance as a school board member.
Ward 2 Alderman Ben Albarracin and Ward 3 Alderman Chip Wood each said they had worked with Finger on the city planning board and his service had been exemplary.
From the community, Rebecca Spence told of Finger’s commitment not only to children at school, but also his dedication to the after-school support children in the Corinth School District receive through Project Attention and the Boys & Girls Club.
As a graduate of Easom High School in Corinth in the 1960s, Finger went to Chicago and established a successful business, then returned upon retirement several years ago and has been an asset to the community and a role model for minority youth, she said.
Also, Milus Copeland, president of the Alcorn County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told the board that when Finger was appointed five years ago the NAACP had requested a second seat on the five-member board for an African-American because the city school district was 38 percent black or minority.
Now the district’s minority presence is 47 percent, he said, and it is more important than ever that there be more than one minority voice on the board.
Other members of the Corinth School Board are: Tom Rogers, term expires 2013; board secretary Missy Woodhouse, term expires 2014; board President Ann Walker, also black, whose term expires 2015 and Chip Peterson, term expires 2016. Finger’s new term expires 2017.